STAR Rep Executive Committee

Scott Kolod
Aristic Director / Founder

Life can flash by so quickly. How can it be denied that one should live every possible moment being happy and having FUN? For those who get the bug…and there are many out there…theater is a blast. Rehearsing is FUN, but audience feedback is out of this world!! Scott Kolod has lived his life with this philosophy ever since he started off acting in New York in Flower Drum Song in the early Sixties. He has continuously performed, written, directed and produced musical performances until today. Along the way, he received his Bachelors of Science in Education from Indiana University, and his Doctorate from University of San Diego. It is that wealth of experience combined with the academic foundation that Scott passes on to his students. But, to really show him how kids have FUN, he has learned from his own five children. Together they have developed countless games, and even more stories and play-plots. Scott has produced two original musicals in which he wrote all of the music, lyrics and dialogue. They both received positive critical periodical review, though neither is headed to Broadway. Maybe his next one "Charter Valley" will be the break through. FUN, LEARNING AND PRIDE!

Meredith Kolod
Producer / Founder

Meredith's background is in the area of business finance and office administration.  She has worked as a financial manager and office manager at some of the most prestigious law firms in San Diego.  She played classical violin for 15 years, and was a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony.  Her love for theatre grew in high school.  She was always interested in being behind the scenes, eschewing the limelight of performing on stage.  She continues that love to this day.  She is the business and organizational genius behind STAR Rep, and though you might not see her in the shadows, STAR Rep is truly her vision and creation!

Megan Makenzie Kolod

Megan is 19 and a graduate from Classical Academy High School! Her love of musical theatre started when she was 4!  She has been in over 60 musical productions in the last 14 years! She is the heart and soul of STAR Repertory Theatre!  Without her love of Musical Theatre there would never have been a STAR Rep!  Megan is currently attending her 2nd year of AMDA (American Musical & Dramatic Academy) in New York to obtain her BFA in Musical Theatre/Performing Arts. Some of her favorite roles include: Natalie (Next to Normal); Ariel (Little Mermaid); Elle (Legally Blonde); Sandy (Grease); Natalie and Lorraine (All Shook Up); Belle (Beauty and the Beast); Dorothy (Wizard of Oz); Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol); Patrice (13); Gingy (Shrek the Musical); Little Red (Into the Woods); Wednesday (Addams Family); Penny (Hairspray).


Megan was recently awarded the 2018-2019 National Youth Arts Award for Artist of the Year!  She has also won 4 additional National Youth Arts Awards, and has received several NYA nominations!  She has been dancing since she was 2 1/2, and has taken acting and vocal lessons since she was 5.  Megan is excited to see the students of STAR Rep grow, and hopes to continue to share with them, and everyone who walks through the doors at STAR Rep, her undying love of musical theatre!

STAR Rep Advisory Committee

Doug Friedman
Marketing and PR

Doug is a television writer and marketing executive who also founded and ran full-service ad agency with a clientele ranging from Internet and e-commerce businesses to broadcasters, non-profit associations, television & home video distributors and business publications. He has forged strategic partnerships and cross-promotion opportunities on behalf of companies and clients with AT&T, McDonald’s, K-Mart and Planet Hollywood. He has supervised production of commercial spots with budgets in excess of $1 million, and placement of media schedules worth $20 million. He has done event marketing including concerts, mall tours, museum & zoo promotions, and golf tournaments. He has been involved as a critical component to four “Start-up” companies in the fields of broadcasting, e-commerce, business information technology, and advertising. He has worked with broadcast television stations and cable network marketing management, both consumer and trade. He is a former Chairman, PROMAX International, the largest association of marketing executives in the electronic media. On his days off, Doug loves to perform on stage as well.  He has been in a number of STAR Rep productions, and looks forward to being in many more!

Benjamin Goniea
Musical Director

Benjamin is happy to be the Musical Director for STAR Repertory Theatre. His first show with STAR Rep was the very successful production of "The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy". Benjamin's love for music started at a very young age. He began playing the piano, and then learned to play the violin, and guitar. He started playing in the orchestra pit of local community theaters at the age of fifteen. He has since played in a handful of shows with CYC, San Diego REPertory Theatre, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, New Village Arts, San Diego Junior Theatre, and several other community theaters. Most recently Benjamin was seen in the pit for Lamb's Players Theatre. He feels blessed to be a part of STAR Rep, and can't wait to see what the future holds!

Kevin "Blax" Burroughs
Choreographer/Lighting Designer

Kevin "Blax" Burroughs is beyond excited to be in charge of Choreography and Lighting Design for STAR Repertory Theatre.  His first show with STAR Rep was the very successful production of "The Addams Family A New Musical Comedy" at the Lyceum Theatre in Downtown San Diego where he was the choreographer.  Kevin has had a love for choreography ever since he graduated from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  Post graduation, he went straight into working in the theatre business.  Kevin started performing at a young age with a local community theatre company with his family and close friends.  He took a short break to pursue classical & jazz music both instrumentally and vocally but quickly fell in love with theatre all over again when he performed in the San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of "Hairspray".  Ever since then, he has performed with many different companies such as the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Cygnet Theatre, LEGOLAND California Resort, Ion Theatre, Southwestern College & UCSD (as a guest artist), Ira Aldridge Repertory Players, Common Ground Theatre, and the San Diego Ballet. He has been seen on both sides of the table of both performing and choreographing shows. Favorite performing credits include Benny/In The Heights, Enjolras/Les Miserables, The Wiz/The Wiz, Seaweed J. Stubbs/Hairspray and others. Favorite choreography credits include The Wiz, The Addams Family, Hairspray, Grease and others. He feels blessed to be a part of such a wonderful company as STAR Rep, and can't wait to see what will unfold

 "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one."

Ryan Burtanog
Youth Director

Ryan is honored to be one the Youth Directors for STAR Repertory Theatre. Before joining STAR Rep, Ryan was last seen in San Diego State’s production of The Me Nobody Knows in 1997. It wasn’t until 2012 when he was urged to audition for STAR Rep's production of Into the Woods that his love of performance and theatre was rekindled. Since then he has sung as member of the Modern Glee Club of San Diego and with the chorus for Broadway Rocks! with the San Diego Symphony. He performed in the choral ensemble for the American Premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. During his 15-year hiatus from performing, he obtained a Master of Education in College Student Affairs as well as a Masters in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Ryan is equally happy when he’s onstage performing, and when he’s sitting in an office, and classroom teaching college students and counseling clients. He absolutely loves working with the talented children in STAR Rep’s youth productions.

STAR Rep Productions: Beauty and the Beast (Beast), A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig), Into the Woods (Mysterious Man), Little Shop of Horrors (Multi-Man), Les Miserables (The Bishop/Thenardier), Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Sweeney Todd (The Beadle, Toby), Annie Jr. (Oliver Warbucks), The Addams Family (Fester). He has also served as Musical Director for Hairspray, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Annie Jr.​

Renee Berg

Volunteer Manager

Renee is honored to be the Volunteer Manager for STAR Repertory Theatre. Before joining STAR Rep, Renee was a RN/Manager in pediatrics, and comes to STAR Rep with a wealth of knowledge in management.  Renee has been with STAR Rep since 2014, and has donated countless hours, and has played an intricate part of STAR Rep's success in the last 5 years, along with her amazing family!

Vanessa Olson

Publications/Media Manager

Vanessa is honored to be the Publications/Media Manager for STAR Repertory Theatre.  Vanessa has been working in media and photographic arts for over 18 years. Her greatest love is to watch creative vision come to life on print, screen, and stage. She has volunteered her efforts with STAR Repertory Theatre for the last 6 years in many capacities, and is thrilled to be a part of the growth of the STAR Rep community and theatre in North County.

Miranda Marlow

Program Designer

Miranda is honored to be the Program Designer here at STAR Rep. Along with her husband and two daughters, Miranda has fallen in love with musical theatre.  Although her family opts to be on stage, Miranda enjoys the backstage work!  Miranda and her husband Jeremy come to STAR Rep with a background in computers and software design. They both designed the new STAR Rep and  STAR Theatrical Costume and Rentals websites!  She is excited to see what the future holds at STAR Rep, and so excited to be apart of it!

Amy Saye

Prop Designer

Amy is a military transplant to San Diego County, and loving it! In high school, she was always fascinated with the behind-the-scenes workings of plays and musicals, and after years of marriage and family keeping her away from the theater life, she is so happy to be a volunteer at STAR Rep making props! Her first experience with STAR Rep was the 2015 Addams Family production, where she can now say she had NO idea what she was doing. After moving overseas for 2 years, she came back and decided to help out again in order to spend time with her teenage daughter, Chloe. Little did she know her effort to bond with one family member would reward her with a whole new giant, crazy, hilarious and talented STAR Rep Family! She loves the satisfaction of wow-ing cast members with special hand-made props, but her favorite part of her work is the gags and pranks she gets to send onstage. Her love to add a laugh to each production: silly pictures in a locket for ‘Oliver,’ a different list of TV characters posted each night during ‘Legally Blonde,’ “Minions” mixed with chicks during ‘Wizard of Oz,’ and quotes from the movie Elf on little slips of paper during ‘Annie, Jr.’ You never know what you’re going to get when you take a prop from her table!

Melissa Howard

 Raffle/Donation Coordinator

Melissa is honored to be the Raffle/ Donation Coordinator for STAR Repertory Theatre. Before joining STAR Rep, Melissa worked in the medical industry as an RN.  Her love of musical theatre was sparked by her daughter Gracie.  With Gracie's love for theatre, her and her husband Mark have become very involved in the theatre community in San Diego. She is excited to be a part, and continue to support STAR Rep in their endeavors!

Alex Koutsenok

 Administrative Assistant

Alex is honored to be the Administrative Assistant for STAR Repertory Theatre.  STAR Rep has definitely become a second home for Alex for the last 5 years!  Alex has been nominated for several awards for her performances at STAR Rep!  She can also be seen as a performer at Sea World San Diego. Although Alex's passion is being on stage, she truly enjoys the business side, and loves helping the families at STAR Rep, as well as it's patrons!

Theresa Dame-Bellasario

 Costume Merchant Liaison

Theresa is a New Jersey native, she began her stage career at the age of 6. She  won her first professional dress design contest at the age of 12, and continued making costumes for her younger brother. Her favorite work was his Godzilla costume made from green wool felt.  Theresa was awarded a scholarship to The Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts as a classical vocal performance major. She has  two daughters, a Pediatrician and an opera singer. Theresa believes in the importance of inclusiveness in community theatre. That is why she happily dedicates her time STAR Repertory Theatre. 

Erica Champagne

 Custodial Manager

Costume Warehouse Manager

Erica is a native from Escondido!  She was crowned Mrs. US in 2019, Mrs. California in 2019, Mrs. Escondido in 2018, and Miss Escondido in 2014. Serving her Escondido community has always been on her heart.  Erica enjoys musical theatre, and has been blessed to be part of STAR Rep since they began in 2011. Since singing is one of her passions, she is forever grateful that STAR Rep has always given her the opportunity to share her passion with others. Erica was recently honored by San Diego's Idol, ABC News, in September 2018. She is looking forward to what the future holds at STAR Rep, and is excited to be a part of it!